Classics Calendar for April 15

Illustration from first serialization of
Henry James's The Turn of the Screw

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Leonardo da Vinci (1452; died May 2, 1519) Italian polymath; Mona Lisa; Last Supper; The Annunciation

Leonhard Euler (1707; died September 18, 1783) Swiss mathematician and scientist known for Lettres à une princesse d'Allemagne sur divers sujets de physique et de philosophie (Letters to a German Princess, On Different Subjects in Physics and Philosophy); science and math texts

Henry James (1843; died February 28, 1916) American-born British writer; The American; The Turn of the Screw; The Portrait of a Lady; What Maisie Knew; The Wings of the Dove; Daisy Miller; The Ambassadors; Washington Square

Died on this day:

Abraham Lincoln (1865; born February 12, 1809) American president; "House Divided" speech; "First Inaugural Address"; "The Gettysburg Address"; "Second Inaugural Address"

Matthew Arnold (1888; born December 24, 1822) English poet and critic; "Dover Beach"; "The Scholar-Gipsy"; "Thyrsis"; Culture and Anarchy; Literature and Dogma

Jean-Paul Sartre (1980; born June 21, 1905) French philosopher, playwright, novelist, and critic; Nausea; Huis Clos (No Exit); L'Être et le Néant (Being and Nothingness); L'existentialisme est un humanisme (Existentialism is a Humanism)

Jean Genet (1986; born December 19, 1910) French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist; novels Our Lady of the Flowers, The Thief's Journal; play The Balcony

Leslie Charteris (1993; born May 12, 1907) British-Chinese author of adventure fiction; creator of Simon Templar ("The Saint")

Bonus Classic:

Livy (64/59 BCE-17 CE) Roman historian who wrote Ab Urbe Condita Libri (Books from the Foundation of the City) [a history of Rome]

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